By Pete Weber, RCDD

In the access control world, I am often asked about various electrified hardware options used in access control systems. Out of the wide variety of solutions, I’ve found four that meet the needs of most projects due to their high degree of functionality and versatility.

In order to help you better understand the roles of electric locking components and their functionality, we need to start by defining the differences between Fail-Secure and Fail-Safe. Here’s a simple explanation:

  • Fail-Secure: The lock unlocks when power is applied.
  • Fail-Safe: The lock unlocks when power is removed.

There are quite a few electrified hardware options out there and choosing the right solution can be a daunting task. Four of the more commonly used components – and their functions – may help you arrive at the perfect solution for your next project.